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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Kenny calls on Shatter to reject €70,000 severance package

Louise Kelly

Published 21/05/2014 | 10:08

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Alan Shatter

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has called on the former Justice Minister to reject the €70,000 severance payment to which he is entitled to.

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Despite the Government’s intention to end severance pay for all ministers, the Public Expenditure Minister had not enforced the law to scrap this payment at the time of Alan Shatter’s resignation.

In an interview with MidWest Radio this morning, the Taoiseach repeated his expectations that Mr Shatter would reject the perk as he “was obviously at the Cabinet table when we approved this”.

“The legislation was drafted, was approved by Cabinet, was put through the Dail. It wasn’t actually signed by the minister but it is signed now and I would expect that everybody would adhere to that,” said the Taoiseach.

“The intent and the principle and the law was to eliminate severance pay for all ministers. And while I can’t force any individual, I do hope that the former Minister for justice will comply with that intent”.

Housing Minister Jan O'Sullivan re-iterated the appeal for the former Justice Minister to decline the substantial severance package as “we all agreed that the severance arrangement would go”.

We felt it was wrong that if someone was going to stop being a minister, they would get a very large lump sum,” she told Newstalk Breakfast. “I would hope that former minister Shatter would waive his right to it.” 

Meanwhile Minister Leo Varakar said that it would be “unusual” if Shatter accepted the payment although the decision to take it is “up to him”.

“It was legislation passed by the Dail and it was legislation supported by Deputy Shatter and voted for by him so I think it would make sense if he did that,” Minister Varadkar told Newstalk Breakfast.

“I think it would be a little bit unusual for him to take the payment now but that is a matter for him.”

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